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TV News: ABC Orders Full Seasons of ‘Revenge,’ ‘Suburgatory’

14 October 2011 10:38 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Does ABC actually have a pair of new hits on their hands? Unable to find a freshman success last year with disasters like “The Whole Truth” and “My Generation,” the network has a much happier story to tell this year as a a few of their programs have not exactly set the TV world on fire but delivered solid numbers. Two such programs are on Wednesday nights as the net gave full-season orders to sitcom “Suburgatory” and guilty pleasure “Revenge” after this week’s ratings.

As we predicted, the fact that these shows are doing So much better than last year’s same-time-slot occupants in “The Whole Truth” and “Better With You” was not lost on ABC. “Suburgatory” actually dipped a bit this past Wednesday but a 3.0 with adults 18-49 is still an impressive number for a new series, and is actually two-tenths higher than lead-in “The Middle,” which is considered a modest hit. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Maura Tierney to Guest Star on The Office As...

26 September 2011 1:34 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Robert California may be one seriously odd individual, but the new Sabre CEO apparently has fantastic taste in women.

Zap2It confirms that Maura Tierney will appear on The Office this season as California's wife, with producer Paul Lieberstein simply saying: "I'm a big fan of hers. I'm very excited."

Tierney got her big break on the comedy Newsradio, but has chosen mostly dramatic roles since then. She starred on ER for 10 years and followed that with stints on Rescue Me and The Whole Truth.

No word yet on when the actress will debut on The Office, which premiered its new season last Thursday. Read our review of James Spader's first extended appearance Now. »

- matt@tvfanatic.com (TV Fanatic Staff)

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Maura Tierney to Guest-Star on 'The Office'

26 September 2011 1:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Maura Tierney is about to go from the emergency room to a more perilous environment -- the Dunder Mifflin offices. The former "ER" star will guest on an upcoming episode of "The Office" to air later this year, NBC confirms to TheWrap. Tierney will play the wife of new Dunder Mifflin boss Robert California, played by James Spader. Also read: "The Office": Michael Scott's Replacement Is... Tierney, who played Abby Lockhart on "ER" for 10 years, more recently guest-starred on "Rescue Me" and on the short-lived series "The Whole Truth," opposite Rob Morrow. Her »

- Tim Kenneally

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'The Office' scoop: Maura Tierney guest-starring as ...

26 September 2011 11:18 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

It's been a while since Maura Tierney has done comedy on television, but she'll step back into that world later this season in a guest role on "The Office."

Tierney, the long-time "ER" star who was last seen on the final season of "Rescue Me," will play Robert California's (James Spader) wife, "Office" showrunner Paul Lieberstein tells Zap2it. She's currently signed for just one episode, which will likely air in late November or early December.

"I'm a big fan of hers," Lieberstein tells us. "I'm very excited."

The part will be Tierney's first in a comedy series since "NewsRadio" ended in 1999. She starred in ABC's legal drama "The Whole Truth" last season and had a 10-year run on "ER," earning an Emmy nomination in 2001 for her role as Abby Lockhart.

We'll have more from our chat with Lieberstein later. For now, what do you think of the casting? What »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Crawl Space': Better off Ted

25 September 2011 8:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I feel sorry for your tastebuds... "You are done." -Gus "Breaking Bad" was off the air for so long in between seasons 3 and 4 that a great number of TV shows lived out entire lifespans in between. Some were terrible ("Outsourced," "Feces My Dad Says"), some were forgettable ("Undercovers," "The Whole Truth"), and a few were pretty freakin' great. One of those was FX's hard-boiled buddy comedy "Terriers" - and if you didn't see it at the time, I highly, highly endorse downloading the series on iTunes or »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'CSI,' 'Law & Order: Svu,' 'Revenge': Old vs. old vs. new on Wednesday nights

21 September 2011 4:14 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Wednesday night (Sept. 21) will likely bring one of the biggest premieres of the fall to your television. But that's not what we're interested in here.

Look, we know "The X Factor" will probably have a big opening and will likely dominate the competition in the first two hours of primetime. We're curious to see how the likes of "Survivor," "Up All Night" and ABC's comedy block hold up against Fox's heavily hyped talent competition, but what really intrigues us is the situation at 10 p.m. Et.

That's when the two longest-running prime-time dramas currently on the air -- "Law & Order: Svu" and "CSI" -- go head-to-head in a battle for crime-show fans. ABC, meanwhile, will try to reverse its recent Wednesday-at-10 curse with the soapy new drama "Revenge." Let's break it down.

Old shows + new stars = what, exactly? "Svu" is undergoing its first big cast shakeup since midway through its »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Spielberg’s ‘Terra Nova’ to premiere in the UK days after the Us

20 September 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Sky have announced that the much-anticipated Terra Nova, from director Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, René Echevarria and Aaron Kaplan, will launch with a two hour special on Sky 1 HD this October, within days of its Us launch.

The series follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in doubt, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past. When scientists unexpectedly discovered a fracture in time that made it possible to construct a portal into primeval history, the bold notion was born to resettle humanity in the past – a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time. »

- Phil

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ABC working on medical drama 'House Calls'

13 September 2011 8:07 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Whole Truth creator Tom Donaghy is developing a new medical drama for ABC. House Calls follows a doctor who is plagued by a family scandal, according to Deadline. Forced to quit his successful hospital practice, the show's protagonist begins visiting his new patients at home. Wonderland Sound and Vision, the company owned by Supernatural executive producer McG, will produce the project. Donaghy's last project, legal drama The Whole Truth, was cancelled by ABC after just one (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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UTA Signs Rob Morrow & Amanda Righetti

8 September 2011 6:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Rob Morrow has signed with UTA. The former Numbers and Northern Exposure star had been without an agent for a while and was previously with Wme. Morrow, who most recently starred on the short-lived ABC legal drama The Whole Truth and has been recurring on HBO’s Entourage, continues to be managed by Judy Hofflund. Additionally, UTA recently signed The Mentalist co-star Amanda Righetti. The actress, recently seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, was at Paradigm. She is managed by Mosaic. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Exploring The Twilight Zone #50: The Whole Truth

13 August 2011 3:42 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With the entire original run of The Twilight Zone available to watch instantly, we’re partnering with Twitch Film to cover half of the show’s 156 episodes. Are you brave enough to watch them all with us? The Twilight Zone (Episode #50): “The Whole Truth” (airdate 1/20/61) The Plot:  A shifty used car salesman (redundant I know) scams an old man out of his car, but he soon discovers the vehicle comes with an unexpected feature… whoever owns it is forced to tell the truth at all times. The Goods: Harvey Hunnicut (Jack Carson) is a douche. Well, this is the early sixties so let’s just say he’s a morally bankrupt used car salesman. The story opens with him trying to sweet talk a young couple into buying a real lemon of a car, but he pauses his verbal scam to check in on an old man hoping to sell his car for some cash. Harvey »

- Rob Hunter

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90210 Casting Scoop: There's a Love Triangle Brewin'!

10 August 2011 10:30 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Smell that? That's the scent of storylines being cooked up on all our favorite shows in preparation for a brand new season. And today, we have a little morsel of casting scoop to help whet your TV appetite. Ready for another love triangle on 90210? Of course you are! Sean Wing, who most recently starred on ABC's short-lived The Whole Truth, has been cast on the CW drama's fourth season. And he's got his eyes on one of the girls… But we don't know which one yet! We can tell you exclusively that Wing will play Nick, a "scruffy-handsome" graduate student/avid photographer who freelances for National Geographic. Charming, enthusiastic, and a traveler of the world, Nick's got »

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Director Joss Whedon Talks Up Clark Gregg In 'The Avengers'

8 August 2011 8:48 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Something strange has been going on recently. Actor, Clark Gregg has become the focus of 'The Avengers' as opposed to the superheroes who the superhero squad is actually comprised of. His character, Agent Phil Coulson isn't even the leader of the law enforcement agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. that he's a part of, but the man has made such an impact that even director, Joss Whedon can't contain himself when talking about him. In a brief interview with MTV, he said: "I'm grateful every day to be with those guys, [the cast] especially Clark Gregg. That guy -- man crush! But I'm keeping him under control. You know, it's great because he's been sort of weaving his way through every movie, [leading up to 'The Avengers'] and I really get to play with him, [in 'The Avengers'] and have a lot of stuff. There were things during the writing, I was like, 'I need something more here,' -- 'oh, Coulson, »

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GLAAD Report: ABC Family Scores 'Excellent' Grade, CBS Improves But Still Last Among Nets

3 August 2011 8:33 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Those Pretty Little Liars — or, namely, Emily — helped ABC Family score a rare “Excellent” rating in GLAAD’s 5th annual Network Responsibility Index, which tracks the quantity, quality and diversity of images of Lgbt people on television. CBS, meanwhile, again placed last among the broadcast networks, though improved upon its 2010 “Failing” grade to earn an “Adequate” score.

Like MTV, the only other outlet to ever rate “Excellent” in the survey, ABC Family targets the youth market. The home to series such as Pll and the recently graduated Greek aced this year’s report by having 55 percent of its 103 hours of »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Fall TV First Impressions: Is Steven Spielberg's Terra Nova a Blast, From the Past?

23 July 2011 9:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The broadcast networks have more than 30 shows debuting this fall, including Charlie’s reborn Angels, homecomings for Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rachel Bilson, and no less than two series set in the ’60s. To help you prep for fall, TVLine is offering First Impressions based on the not-for-review pilots. Next up….

The Show | Fox’s Terra Nova (Mondays at 8/7c, premiering Sept. 26)

The Competition | Dancing with the Stars (ABC), How I Met Your Mother/2 Broke Girls (CBS),  Gossip Girl (The CW) and The Sing-Off (NBC)

The Cast | Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars), Shelley Conn (BBC’s Mistresses), Stephen Lang »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Sky snap up exclusive UK rights to Spielberg’s ‘Terra Nova’

30 June 2011 6:04 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Sky have today announced a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution securing the exclusive rights to the much-anticipated Terra Nova from Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, René Echevarria and Aaron Kaplan. The series, scheduled to premiere in the Us on September 26th will debut on Sky 1 HD this autumn.

From the press release:

Terra Nova is a big priority for the autumn and will find a home in the heart of Sky 1 HD’s schedule, allowing Sky customers to enjoy the show in primetime on Sky 1 HD, on-demand via Sky Anytime+ and Sky+, and online through Sky Player.

Stuart Murphy, Director, Sky 1 HD commented:

Terra Nova is a huge weekly epic adventure with a family at the centre of the action, a community full of tension and rivalries, and some pretty scary dinosaurs. It’s cinematic, powerful and a whole lot of fun that’ll »

- Phil

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Fall TV: ABC Sets Premiere Dates, Including Supersized Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family

27 June 2011 9:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC is the third network (following The CW and Fox) to unveil its detailed premiere plan for the fall TV season, and it features five “supersized” openers, including a double dose of Grey’s Anatomy and hour-long helpings of both The Middle (as we first reported) and Modern Family.

Fall TV Preview: TVLine’s Guide to What’s New

Remember, Cougar Town arrives midseason (now airing Tuesday at 9/8c, after the fall cycle of DWTS). Also on hold for later premieres are Shark Tank and the brand-new series Apartment 23 (to air Tuesdays after Cougar Town), Good Christian Belles, Missing, The River, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Why ABC should give Dana Delany a raise

25 May 2011 2:42 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Don’t look so down in the dumps, Dana Delany — you just helped ABC to save face.

Delany’s Body of Proof was the only freshman drama to receive a second season pickup on the Alphabet while new shows like Detroit 1-8-7, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, The Whole Truth, and My Generation got canned. What is it about Proof that makes it such a survivor? Well, timing for one: The show was held back from the fall and rescheduled for midseason, when it got a much splashier premiere after Dancing with the Stars. Plus, the drama’s writers »

- Lynette Rice

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Ratings: How every broadcast show ranked this season

25 May 2011 10:22 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

From Fox’s American Idol to The CW’s Shedding for the Wedding, here’s how all the broadcast shows of the 2010-11 season performed in the all-important adults 18-49 demo (and this includes the first seven days of DVR viewing after a show’s premiere). Climbers on the chart include ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and Modern Family, while some of the notable declines include CBS’ Undercover Boss, Fox’s House and ABC’s Desperate Housewives. NBC’s The Voice is the highest-rated new show followed by CBS’ Mike & Molly. CBS’ $#*! My Dad Says ranks as the highest-rated cancelled show, »

- James Hibberd

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TV Fanatic Live at the ABC Upfronts: Jimmy Kimmel Slays, 2011-12 Lineup Shows Promise

18 May 2011 9:02 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

It's that time of year.

As the flowers bloom and the sun shines brighter, the networks hawk their fall lineups to advertisers, and TV Fanatic was lucky enough to be there for ABC's Upfronts.

ABC President Paul Lee hyped the network's fall schedule and programming Tuesday, but it was the network's late night host, Jimmy Kimmel, who stole the show.

Taking shots at rival networks as well as his own, Kimmel took the stage and lit right into how ridiculous the TV business can be. Here's a rundown, with Kimmel's gems:

- "Remember those shows we were so excited about last fall? We canceled all of them. And yet here you are again. I think you might have a gambling problem."

He's really not kidding there. At last year's Upfronts, ABC touted No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, Body of Proof, My Generation and The Whole Truth.

The only one still »

- christine@tvfanatic.com (C. Orlando)

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Ed Zuckerman To Run CBS' 'Blue Bloods'

17 May 2011 12:05 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Law & Order veteran Ed Zuckerman, who most recently ran ABC's legal drama The Whole Truth last season, has been tapped as the new showrunner on CBS'  Blue Bloods, which has not been officially renewed but is coming back next season. Zuckerman will succeed the series' creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green who have exited at the end of this season. Zuckerman's strong procedural background (he spent 14 years on Law & Order and also worked on Jag and L&O: Criminal Intent) confirms CBS' desire to take the cop/family drama in a more procedural direction next season. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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